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Wisdom Wednesday 03/06/2019

Wisdom Wednesday

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It’s been found that at least 8 million tons of plastic enter the oceans every year. That’s like emptying one garbage truck into the ocean every minute. The average US citizen uses 167 plastic bottles each year, but only 25% get recycled. Also not recycled much is the most common forms of plastic pollution in the ocean; cigarette butts, plastic bags, fishing gear, and food and beverage containers. In 2015 alone, 322 million tons of plastic were produced - that’s the same weight as the Empire State Building 900 times! Because of that, 60-90% of marine litter is plastic-based, which tells us their is more microplastic in the ocean (236,000 tons) than there are stars in the Milky Way. Even scarier, the amount of plastic in the ocean is due to increase tenfold in the next decade. By 2050, it’s estimated that there will be more weight of plastic in the ocean than fish.


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